Friday night, he watched from a sports bar in Kansas City as James scored 19 to lead Tulsa to a come-from-behind win over Middle Tennessee State in the semifinals. Plenty of Kansas fans in the place wound up cheering to Tulsa — and former Jayhawks star-turned-Golden Hurricane coach Danny Manning — along with Marcus and his group.
“It turned out to be a great environment,” Marcus said.
Saturday, he watched from his hotel room as James scored 27 to lead the Golden Hurricane over Louisiana Tech and to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
Jordan got out of practice in Norman and rushed to a television to catch the end of the Conference USA championship game.
“That’s a real cool deal, me and my brother getting to experience this year,” Jordan said. “And they got a good matchup in UCLA. They’re on a hot streak, so hopefully they can keep it going.”
Marcus and Petra are going to be there — together — to see it.
Instead of splitting up like they’ve done in the past, the Woodards chose James, Tulsa and the beaches of San Diego. Uncle Walter, Marcus Woodard’s brother, got sent to Spokane with Jordan and the Sooners.
“We just sat around and talked ... that’s pretty much what we came up with,” Marcus said. “We’re a pretty tight family so as long as somebody’s there, we’re good.
“We did the split-up thing this past weekend, and it worked out. But me and my wife, we’d rather be together watching them play and my brother wanted to see them play as well.
“It just worked out that way.”
Editor's Note: This story has been revised to reflect Tulsa playing UCLA on Friday in San Diego.